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M Samaroo

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for all beginning screenwriters! 2 April 2014
By Michelle Lofton - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first skimmed the beginning pages of the book and wanted to read more when I saw the numbers. $3.25 million for writing a screenplay? I was hooked and motivated to learn how to turn my writing from merely a hobby into a successful career.

The Complete Guide to Writing a Successful Screenplay by Melissa Samaroo is a must-have handbook for all beginning screenwriters. Samaroo lays out the screenwriting process in clear, easy-to-follow steps, giving practical advice and examples throughout. Readers of The Complete Guide to Writing a Successful Screenplay will learn everything from how to think like a screenwriter; to analyzing movies and scripts; to developing characters, plots, and themes; and of course how to market and sell your script.

The book is easy to understand, with practical examples that and advice that can be put to use immediately to improve your writing. Ms. Samaroo breaks down the process into manageable stops. This book could replace the majority of college-level screenwriting textbooks. The wealth of information is astounding.

I found myself pulling out an old screenplay I had written many years ago in college, and re-writing entire scenes as I read the book. I found Ms. Samaroo’s advice on reading already-produced screenplays extremely helpful. That exercise alone gave me insider insight that I didn’t have before.

As I closed the book after reading the last word of the last chapter, I reflected upon the book’s cover. The movie crew in the background, and the smiling scriptwriter holding a manuscript in the foreground, inspired and empowered me want to make that picture my own—to visualize myself in the place of the content model on the book’s cover.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Look at Screenwriting 19 Mar 2014
By Tabitha - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Complete Guide to Writing a Successful Screenplay by Melissa Samaroo delivers on the promise inherent in its name. Samaroo discusses everything from Hollywood/audience expectations, to developing plot and characters, to finding an agent and selling a script. The process of writing a screenplay is laid out in detail, with supporting examples that any reader could relate to.

The cover of the guide sets the mood. The colors chosen are professional and clean, the model is smiling, and there is a crew in the background. All of these elements scream success—the very thing the reader is trying to achieve. And which Samaroo is trying to sell between the covers of this book.

The editing and the format lend to an ease of comprehension and reading. Important points are set into sections by bullet points or subtitles. Key passages are highlighted or set apart from the body of the work with special indents or formatting. Thus, the guide can be read cover-to-cover by a beginner just looking for information on what to expect, or used as a sort of textbook, in which the reader flips to the sections that pertain to their individual process.

Samaroo writes a very thorough guide to screenwriting. She uses numerous examples, hoping to find something that strikes a chord with all types of readers. She gives information about less successful scripts/movies to shine a light on what to shy away from. It will even be interesting to apply knowledge about industry secrets when watching your next rental DVD.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite detailed and helpful 29 Dec 2013
By Brittjt01 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Complete Guide o Writing a Successful Screenplay: Everything You Need to Know to Write and Sell a Winning Script" by Melissa Samaroo is a 288 page book that reads like a well defined cliff notes instruction manual. It provides writers with the who, what and where to find legitimate resources that will help them create and sell a pretty decent screenplay.

What I loved about this book is it does not just give you a guide on how to write the screenplay but it also provides the reader with history of movies. This guide gives you free resources that allows you to research and see real screenplays of some of the most famous movies out; I used this as a visual guideline for my screenplay.

There is a plethora of solid information presented by Samaroo and it was easy to understand and follow through. Great instructional guide!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 17 Dec 2013
By Elizabeth Barbarick (Stuffed Shelves) - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
If your finding yourself interested in wanting to tell a story, and write a screenplay, then this is a great guide to help you get started. It's a basic instruction manual on everything you'll need to know.

From writing format, development of the story, and even how to sell the story to the big screen. You'll especially learn how to create imaginative and creative ways your characters converse with one another, in a enthralling way.

Of course, a lot of this information can be used for anyone wanting to write things other than screenplays. It's a great tool to refer back to over and over as reminder skills. I found it an interesting read and of course learned a lot about screenplays along the way.

It's organized, and easy to read, and not at all a bore to get through like some guide books can be. I recommend to anyone wanting to write a screenplay, or similar works of writing, rating it as a 5/5.
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect as a course or a desk reference 13 Nov 2013
By Garrett Zecker - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
An incredibly useful book for all storytellers, The Complete Guide To Writing A Successful Screenplay is a book that is both an instruction manual and toolbox for the writing, format, development, story, sales, and every consideration one needs to make when writing a screenplay. The piece is a reference manual for creating compelling, high interest texts that (just so happen to fit the screenplay genre in this book but...) can be applied to a great deal of other writing as well. Readers can expect to find everything they need to format their script, create compelling settings, action, dialogue, and characters, understand their legal rights and responsibilities, and find someone to represent them and produce a great film.

A few important notes about the book are that it may be read cover to cover as a screenwriting course, or can be referenced throughout at specific portions as mini lessons or reminders of how to complete certain tasks. Furthermore, the authors of the text included a great deal of very helpful online resources and links as further examples of the concepts presented such as where to download script formats, popular Hollywood scripts, and where to do research for your work, among other things.

An exceptional book on the art, craft, and business of screenwriting, this book has everything you need to be successful in the cutthroat world of screenwriting, while using the correct methods and tools to help your realization of the perfect film come to life.
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